Congress alleges BJP of fielding Mumbai serial blasts accused

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Jaipur, Nov 11 (UNI) The Congress said the ruling BJP was unable to field suitable candidates against its nominees in the ensuing Assembly elections in Rajasthan and was forced to select "defectors", and "candidates with criminal background".

Talking to reporters here yesterday, AICC Secretary Vivek Bansal and PCC Spokesman Satendra Singh Raghav said the saffron party which had been claiming to be champions of anti terror campaign, had fielded a Dawood Ibrahim's associate who was wanted by the Maharashtra Police in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Mr Raghav said Pura Ram Chaudhary, fielded by the ruling party from Bhinmal in the ensuing assembly polls, was an accused wanted by the Maharashtra police in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

He said Chaudhary was arrested by the police in Maharashtra but a powerful BJP leader had come to his rescue and got him released. In view of his dubious record the Jalore District Magistrate had refused to issue him arms license, the Congress leader added.

Besides this, Ministers like Sunrendra Singh Rathore, Madan Dilawar and sitting MLA Babu Singh Rathore -- facing trial in criminal cases -- had also been renominated by the party, they added.

Several leaders, who had recently defected to the BJP from various parties, including the Congress and some rebels who had opposed the party in the last elections, also succeeded in getting tickets.

"This indicates that the ruling party is facing crisis in getting good candidates to take on the Congress at the hustings and the latter is heading for a sure triumph," Mr Raghav said.

The ruling BJP state vice president Arun Chaturvedi, however, refuted the Congress claim and said the party's selection was flawless.

"However, the party will upcheck the opposition party's allegations in Pura Ram Chaudhary's background," Mr Chaturvedi added.

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